Opinion: Meet Sebastian Foltz, Tahoe Daily Tribune’s new reporter
Why are you a journalist?
It started with photography. As a kid I was always interested in taking pictures. I got my first point-and-shoot film camera around age 6 or 7.
My grandfather had an eye for photos and photo composition. I think I got that from him. The written words came much later. In high school, I wasn’t even all that interested in writing. I was a history guy through undergrad, with a mix of journalism and teaching coursework.
I think appreciating good history and outdoor writers like Stephen Ambrose (Band of Brothers), and John Krakauer (Into the Wild) got me more into writing. Not that he fits that mold, but Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas became a favorite sometime after college.
I think it’s captivating, illustrating those kinds of experiences. It was the idea of telling other people’s stories that hooked me into this line of work.
Where did you come from?
That’s a complicated one. I’m a Pittsburgh, Penn., kid at heart, but my mom’s German born. As a kid my dad’s work took us to Europe for a few years. I went to college at the University of Miami, Florida, then grad school at the University of Oregon. Work took me to Breckenridge, Colo., where I covered sports and outdoors.
Now I’m excited to be here. I lived in Bend, Ore., for two years; and the landscape and outdoor scene there reminds me a lot of South Lake Tahoe.
What are your areas of coverage at Tahoe Daily Tribune?
I’m the guy for all things outdoors, arts and entertainment, with a little environment, too. I am looking forward to getting out and exploring my new playground, so suggestions are welcome.
What do you do for fun?
Well, most of the things I cover really. That’s the other reason why I’m a journalist. It’s amazing what doors it opens sometimes. I’ve had the chance to stand on the halfpipe in Breckenridge covering the Dew Tour and Olympic qualifiers. It’s also given me the opportunity to go cat skiing at some pretty killer backcountry spots. All things I’d do for free — but let’s keep that between us.
I’m an action sports junkie at heart. Give me a cliff above a lake or river to jump off or a gnarly downhill line and I’m in my element. I’m a sucker for that feeling you get when your not sure something is such a great idea, and then the rush that follows after making it. I whitewater raft, kayak, ski and mountain bike. I could probably be better at all of them, but I do alright.
I’m not so great at golf; I’m shooting to be decent by age 60. I am a big-time NFL junkie too; give me a couch and a pint on a football Sunday and I’m good for hours. A good movie is also aces in my book.
How do readers contact you?
Call the office (530-542-8002), or shoot me an email (email@example.com). I’m also on Twitter @SebFoltz, and I’m trying to be more dedicated to it this winter. Pitch me a story idea. If it’s outdoors I’m interested.